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Monday 11th April 2016.
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How Do We Achieve Sustainable Pork Production?

More intensified pork production is key to sustainability as it reduces the land and other natural resources needed to raise pigs, commented Marty Matlock, Executive director of the University of Arkansas's Office for Sustainability, for The Voice of Sustainable Pork.

“We could have 10 billion people coming for dinner by 2050 on a planet with limited resources,” says Professor Matlock.

To meet this goal, he says, the world pork industry needs to dramatically increase production over the next 30 to 40 years — without increasing land use.

Prof Matlock insists that sustainability is nothing new to modern pork production, citing genetic improvements, increased feed efficiency and advances in herd health as examples of continuous improvement.

Conversely, he adds, every pig lost to mortality — and for that matter, every bit of pork tossed into the trash bin at the end of a meal — has a negative impact on sustainability because the resources that went into producing that pig were wasted.

In other news, EU and US pork exports to China continue to grow as the country's pig prices remain high.  

Over the last couple of months, prices have fluctuated around 25 yuan/kg (£2.70/kg) and are now nearly 50 per cent higher than a year ago.

AHDB Pork reported that there is little sign of demand for imported pork slowing down. 

In disease news, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has led to the deaths of a further 15,229 pigs in South Korea. The 16 new outbreaks were reported on pig farms in the Chungcheongnam-Do region of the country.

FMD has also been reported in China after eight pigs were found with the disease in an abattoir in Guanghan. As a precaution, all 91 pigs susceptible were destroyed.

Further cases of African swine fever have also been reported in wild boars in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

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Company News

Sustainable Pork Production: What Does it Really Mean?
GLOBAL - You can’t pick up a business or food publication these days without coming across the word sustainability. It’s the buzz word of the decade, but what exactly does it mean to pork production?
How Do US Biosurveillance Efforts Impact the Swine Industry?
ANALYSIS - When you hear the word "biosurveillance", you may wonder who's watching who? In this case, the team at Iowa State University's Diagnostic Laboratory is playing the important role of surveilling or monitoring the overall health of the US swine industry.
ECO Receives Marketing Authorisation for Aivlosin® in the USA
US - ECO is pleased to announce that it has been granted a marketing authorisation for Aivlosin® in the United States by the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 11 April 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 11 April 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

UK Government Reverses Decision on New Welfare Codes
More Pork Sold in UK During February 2016
New Guidance on Pig Welfare Legislation
Study Finds Exit From EU Poses Serious Risks to Farmers

   United States

Hog Outlook: Big Increase in US Pork Exports to China
USDA Provides Millions in Funding for Animal Nutrition Research
CME: US Pork Imports Still Higher than Last Year
National Pork Board Applauds Efforts to Curb Antibiotic Resistance
Swine Health Information Center Commits $3.3m to Fighting Swine Disease in 2016
USDA Reports Record Growth In US Organic Producers
CME: US Red Meat Production Up from 2015
CME: Pork Processing Sector to Transition Over Next Two Years


France Launches Action on Animal Welfare


Pig Prices Remain High in China
China Reports New FMD Outbreak


10,000 Pigs Die in Dutch Factory Farm Fire

   European Union

Exports to Slow as Rise in EU Pig Production Continues
EU's Young Farmers Held Back by Lack of Land, Credit
More ASF Reported in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Unchanged for the Most Part
Poland Increases Role in Pork Trade Within EU
More ASF Reported in Poland and Lithuania


Renewed Interest in Expanding Saskatchewan Hog Finishing Capacity
Antibiotic Alternatives Identified as High Priority Research Item
New Manitoba Finishing Barns Would Keep Weanlings in Canada
CFIA to Review Changes to Canada's Livestock Feed Regulations

   Congo, Democratic Republic

Chinese Expertise to Help Develop DR Congo's Livestock Production

   Korea, South

FMD Kills Thousands More Pigs in South Korea


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